AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam Mohawks toppled the Utica Brewers on Monday evening in a rematch from Sunday's contest.
Amsterdam posted a 7-1 win over Utica to record its ninth straight win after starting the season 2-6.
"We didn't hit the ball early;their guy was good, his numbers weren't good, but I thought he threw the ball really well and then we made some adjustments and finally got it going late," Amsterdam Mohawks coach Keith Griffin said. "It was just a constant pressure game and finally we got to it late in the game and busted it open. The home run bomb by Razzino was incredible, it got us off and running and we built off that."
The two-time defending champion Mohawks started things off slow, going scoreless in the first four innings of the contest. It wasn't until the fifth inning that the Mohawks started to catch fire.
Down 1-0 at the bottom of the fifth, the Mohawks scored when Jonathan Pryor hit a double and capitalized on Joey Ailoa's single. It was only the start of an impressive run that was about to take place.
The Mohawks picked up a quick out to start the sixth inning on Zacarias Hardy. The Brewers' Cedric Mullins, Reno Rankin and Anthony Villa hit consecutive singles, loading the bases up. The Mohawks would answer back quickly on defense, pulling off a double-play by getting batter Hayden Kelly out at first and Villa out at second.
In the bottom of the sixth, everything started to go Amsterdam's way. John Razzino started things off with a bang, hitting a home-run to give the Mohawks their first lead of the game.
Later in the inning, Brendan Tracy hit a double and earned an RBI, with Tom Kain sliding into home.
With Jake Salpietro up to bat, Jon Pryor caught the Brewer defense off-guard, stealing home. Salpietro hit a single before the inning was closed after batter-up Joey Ailoa's hit was caught out in left-field.
The win was Amsterdam's ninth straight, bringing their record to 10-6. The Mohawks will host the Glens Falls Golden Eagles tonight at Shuttleworth Park at 6:35 p.m.
The Brewers changed pitchers after the Mohawks' offense came alive, bringing in Shane Kemp. Despite the adjustment, the Mohawks would pick up where they left off in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Kain, Tracy and Salpietro all touching home plate en route to a 7-1 win.
"We're playing a lot better. I mean, I think our guys are better. It's going to be a challenge offensively. I think we have the players now, they just need to step up and play well and produce; if they do that, I think we'll be OK," Griffin said. "They still got to do it. We go through too many quiet innings; when we start getting something going, we look pretty good. There's too many dead times in there; we just have to fill in the dead times. We had some guys really play well tonight. It was good to see."
Amsterdam 7, Utica 1
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Hewitt, Kemp (6) and Sanchez; Whitmore, McCarren (7) and DeBellis.